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Sam's Blog is a bi-weekly addition to the US Youth Soccer Blog. Sam Snow is the Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer.

 

Perspectives of Opposing teams

Sam Snow

As the Monty Python skit used to say, and now for something completely different.

A Tale of Two Benches on Play-Off Day

by Roy Patton

Beautiful pass, lovely curved ball, you beat two defenders,

sweeper and all

Kick him, harass him, get in his face, they’re making you run all

over the place

 Fantastic turn, your man was real tight. That’s the best move I’ve

seen all night

Chop him, trip him, somehow stop him. Don’t look at me, just

get on top of him

Great first touch, superb control. Keep it up, you’re on a roll.

Stand on his foot, tug on his shirt. Remember I showed you all

kinds of dirt

Wonderful dribble, great turn of speed. That’s the soccer that

U.S.A. needs

Get fired up! Be really intense. Hammer that ball out over the

fence

Congratulations, you played a great game. Let’s come out next

year and do the same

We won! We won! I’m 11-0. There’s not much about soccer that

I don’t know

You are more than a coach. You’re also a friend and that’s why

we hate to see this season end

Coach, it’s over. Here is my gear. I’ll probably play football or

baseball next year

 

Comments

 
Melissa florio in Fort Lauderdale, FL said: Thank you for sharing this as I have noticed that things get more and more intense and possibly negative as my sons approach or enter their teens. It is refreshing and how I try to cheer as a parent-even for both teams even at the travel team level. We need to appreciate their efforts as well as cheer for their exceptional play and more importantly, realize they are human and making mistakes just like the rest of us. I witnessed an unusually tense and somewhat unjust game and decided to continue to be positive and encouraging and unfortunately, I felt like a pariah and saddened and ashamed by it. Thanks again for sharing your thought provoking and inspiring FB posts!! Many hit home person all as I am an only parent mom raising 2 very athletic sons. ;)
07 October 2014 at 2:17 PM
 

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